On a quiet night of NBA D-League action, a formidable veteran emerged to lead his team to a quality victory in crunch time.
Despite a 26 point effort from Seth Curry, the BayHawks couldn't overcome Andre Barrett and Westchester Knicks. The home team won by a score of 91-88.
And surprisingly enough, they had Barrett largely to thank. Starting in the backcourt alongside young gun and fellow point guard Langston Galloway, the NBA vet logged his best effort of the still young season by leading his team with 21 points and 6 assists.
The 32 year-old first debuted in The Association ten seasons ago, but still has a desire to play ball. He's now proving his worth as the impactful veteran as he plays for his hometown team in New York.
21 points and 6 assists may not seem like all too much, but Barrett's clutch play simply didn't stop there. Shooting 6 of 13 from the field, the guard also knocked down three long balls and grabbed 2 steals. What's more, he proved to be ever the efficient performer, getting to the charity stripe by attacking the basket ---- he converted on 6 of 7 free throws from the line. Perhaps most importantly, the vet led all players with a plus/minus of +17.
For his impressive effort in his team's latest victory, Barrett receives RidiculousUpside.com's first "Performance of the Night" recognition.
As a knowledgeable vet and one of the more recognizable basketball faces around the Big Apple, Barrett makes his teammates better. He may not the quickest or most athletic, but he knows how to lead, where to go on the court, and who to look towards when the defensive intensity mounts. Sometimes having a veteran on a respective D-League squad can pay dividends for a team in more ways than one.
Through six games this season, Barrett has averaged 13.8 points (on 45% from the field, 46% from deep, and 93% from the line) and 3.2 assists.